A San Leandro murder suspect is in stable condition today after he was shot by police officers early this morning, ending an overnight standoff, Richmond police said. Raphael Zarate, 42, barricaded himself in a home on the 15000 block of Central Avenue Wednesday morning when police arrived to serve an arrest warrant.
He was shot by Richmond SWAT Team officers at around 2 a.m.this morning after aiming what appeared to be a rifle at them, according to police. Zarate was transported to a nearby trauma center in critical condition before officers arrested him on suspicion of killing 30-year-old San Pablo resident Jensy Romero, whose body was found Tuesday in a restroomat Angie’s Bakery & Restaurant in Richmond, where she worked. Richmond police believe Zarate killed Romero, his ex-girlfriend, after stalking her for the past month.”
He showed up at her work every day and made threatening comments to her,” Richmond Police Lt. Bisa French said. French said Zarate already had four warrants out for his arrest before police obtained the homicide warrant. The standoff began Wednesday morning after San Leandro police officers arrived at the two-story home and tried to coax the suspect outside. Hours later, the SWAT team took over, waiting on the first floor of the house for Zarate to emerge from upstairs. French said that during negotiations with the suspect, Zarate made threatening comments and insisted he would not go to jail.
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